Neighbors help catch copper thief

WICHITA, Kansas — Neighbors help catch a copper thief in northeast Wichita on Wednesday.

Police say the man broke into a vacant home on North Piatt and was living there for a few days as he stripped it of copper pipe.

After three days, neighbors got suspicious and called 911.

Officers say they caught him with receipt for copper recycling as well as a meth pipe and a machete. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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